Scholarship in Progress
Assistant Professor Zach Hutchins is currently working on two projects. The first is a book recovering the stories of enslaved African Americans living in the early eighteenth century, long before the publication of autobiographical writings by well-known writers such as Olaudah Equiano, Harriet Jacobs, and Frederick Douglass. These early tales from the archive demonstrate that enslaved persons characterized their lives as extensions of global politics, transforming their suffering into a form of participation in international affairs. In addition, Hutchins is working on an edition of the writings of Elizabeth Webb, a Quaker missionary who wrote a commentary on the biblical book of Revelation and whose autobiography sheds light on the surprisingly adventurous lives of colonial American women.
Assistant Professor Timothy Amidon is gearing up to conduct a number of collaborative projects that explore the intersections of technology, literacy, and occupational safety and health. For example, he's collaborating on the design of a usability project with Tiffany Lipsey (Health and Exercise Science) that seeks to determine if the AvidCor wearable and smart-phone app is a viable method of increasing firefighters' access to baseline cardiological monitoring. What makes the project promising is that the data recorded could be used to help firefighters identify undetected medical conditions that could lead to cardiovascular injuries and empower them to develop individual treatment plans that could prolong their time in their career.
Associate Professor Dan Beachy-Quick is on the Crisis & Creativity Global Challenge Research Team, which brings together scientists and writers from across the CSU community and beyond (professors, students, alumni, community members) who are working towards a genuinely interdisciplinary collaboration concerning species loss. Fusing together creation myths, algorithms mimicking extinction rates, poetry, and visual and sound art, the team is creating an art exhibit whose approach to loss will be simultaneously personal and global, of the mythic and of the moment. Their hope is to open the show on the spring equinox.
Associate Professor Pam Coke is actively engaged in a longitudinal qualitative study with Heidi Frederiksen and Ann Sebald, co-directors of the CSU Center for Educator Preparation. They are examining why English Education students do/not stay in the teacher licensure program, interviewing students at each of the four phases of their respective programs to help illuminate issues of retention, persistence, and dispositions. They presented and published their initial findings at the International Conference on Education Studies in Paris in August, and the Program Committee selected their work for the "Best Presentation Award." Currently, they are working on two more articles from the second phase of their research.